Saturday 3-5-11 // Mental Health the Thickwit way.
Posted on March 5, 2011
I know it’s late. But as long as you’re up, and checking this insomniac’s blog, we may as well do some mental pushups together. I know, generally, when we talk about mental health (or avoid the discussion like black plague in some communities) we mean that which relates to the psyche, ego and id. Or other terms that are more culturally meaningful, perhaps. I’ll be the first to admit that I had a wonderful relationship with my mental health expert in Oakland, and due to my recent change of scenery and funds, I had to let that luxury go.
But, I’m also a dweeb. nerd. geek. spelling bee fan. former mathlete. and believe that part of mental health has to do with staying agile up top. While I was taking in Treatunice’s
It led me down the teacher’s pet path to some of my favorite science experiments from childhood. Tell me you remember Mr. Wizard. You do, don’t you?
You know, I used to be just like the young woman chilling with Mr. Wizard. Compelled by science in an undying manner. One of those kids that started every sentence with “Did you know…”. And somewhere between 9th and 10th grade I had the taste for math and science kicked out of my mouth. Not surprising given known statistics on Math and Tech anxiety in girls, often inadvertently perpetuated by math and science teachers. [I sometimes think the miseducation of the naka was a bit more intentional, but that is a story for another time.] As I dug for statistics on the subject of disparity — I noticed a couple of things. Most folks documenting this work point to a study performed by the Department of Education (DOE) in 1998. I wonder if there has been an in depth study of disparities in Math and Science performed by the federal gov’t since.
I also found this video, documenting a group of out Spelman College, the Spelbots. Take a look see.
Other thing I noticed, is that half way through the video, our family friend/international boss/bid whist player extraordinaire, Russlyn Ali, is featured. Just to puff out my chest a bit — she lives in DC now cause she, you know, works for this administration, but last time I checked she called Oakland home. Okay, maybe Trinidad is home for Russlyn, too. Maybe her mama’s house. But, you feel me.
All in all, just wanted to help round out some of what we’ve been doing here at Thickwit. As important as arts and culture are, they don’t move or expand without similar growth in mathematics and science. Here’s to all you big brained math types who make what I do relevant, important, and, um, on the internet.